Nathan Kent, 93, died peacefully after a brief illness on January 12, 2015 at Seasonâ€™s Hospice in Rochester, MN.
He was born August 25, 1921, in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, the son of Charles Joseph Henry and Ida (Yonkers) Kent. He served in the Army from 1939 to 1945 and again from 1950 to 1952. It was during this second tour of duty that he met his wife, Dorathea W. Bartell while stationed at Camp McCoy. He and Dorathea were married on May 19, 1951 in Wilton, WI. They lived in Tomah, WI before moving to La Crosse in 1986 and celebrated 55 years of marriage before her death in 2006.
Nathan worked as a warehouseman at Camp/Fort McCoy from 1952-1979. He was a member of American Legion Post 201 in Tomah, WI, as well as St. Paulâ€™s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tomah and Mt. Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Crosse, WI. He enjoyed reading, walking, maintaining his home, building things for his family and grandchildren and playing with his children and grandchildren. Nathan was well known for his soft spoken, friendly manner and hard work, especially his willingness and enjoyment of mowing and snow blowing for his neighbors up until the spring of 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorathea, siblings Charles of Florida, Martha and Frederick of New York, David of Alabama, as well as 2 nephews and 2 nieces.
He is survived by his son, Dale Kent of Plymouth, MN, daughter, Kathy Richie of Rochester, MN, four grandchildren, Todd Kent of Coon Rapids, MN, Julie Kent and Scott Kent of Brooklyn Park, MN, and Craig Richie of New Orleans, LA; two great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Brody Kent of Coon Rapids, MN, a sister-in-law, Dorothy Kent of New York, nine nieces and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 11:30 AM at Mt. Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1411 S. 16th St., La Crosse, with Pastor Robert Wasserman officiating. There will be a visitation at the Church from 10:30 AM until the time of services. Burial will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery in Tomah.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Christ our Rock Lutheran Church or Wounded Warriors.